STATE COLLEGE – Penn State parlayed its recruiting momentum from April into May.
The Nittany Lions secured the verbal commitment from class of 2021 three-star athlete Lonnie White Jr. on Thursday. White, a junior at Malvern Prep, initially committed to play baseball at Clemson.
“I want to thank Coach (Monte) Lee and Clemson University Baseball for an amazing opportunity,” White tweeted. “I have decided to change my commitment. I want to thank my family for their support, I would not be in this position without everything they have sacrificed for me… Thank you to Coach (James) Franklin and the rest of the staff for the opportunity to play in front of the best fans in the nation.”
Thursday’s verbal is Penn State’s second of the month. Four-star class of 2021 quarterback Christian Veilleux pledged his commitment on Sunday.
Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State are among the 21 programs that have offered White, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound quarterback, wide receiver and safety.
“#WEARE,” White tweeted. “Most of all, I want to thank God for blessing me with this opportunity to further my athletic and academic career at Penn State University!”
White’s verbal is Penn State's 12th of the season.
247Sports rates White as the nation’s 54th-ranked athlete and as the 14th-best athlete in the Keystone State. White joins offensive lineman Nate Bruce (Harrisburg High) and kicker Sander Sahaydak as in-state class of 2021 verbal commits.
“Excellent frame with mass,” 247Sports national recruiting analysts Brian Dohn wrote of White. “Elite-level three-sport athlete. Plays baseball and basketball as well. Smart, intelligent player with position versatility. Played receiver as sophomore and quarterback as junior.
“Can also play safety. Possesses excellent burst, speed and athleticism. Extremely fluid. Possesses elite body control. As a receiver, locates ball quickly, has strong hands and is reliable.”